Porsche today announced the new 911 GT3 RSR for the 2012 Race season. The 911 GT3 RSR is Porsche Motorsport’s top model of customer race vehicles and heads into the 2012 season with some fairly significant changes. Width has been increased by 48mm and has been built to conform with the new A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations.
The new 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine which produces 460 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The rear wheels have been widened to 310mm and the diameter of the front wheels has been increased by 30mm to 680mm.
The nose and rear panels have been adapted to the updated flared front and rear wheel arches that put more emphasis on aerodynamics. The air intake system has been updated as well with openings in the rear side sections rather than the scoop on the engine hood as found on the outgoing model.
The new 911 GT3 RSR is compliant with Le Mans 24 Hours, FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series as well as the International GT Open rule books.
The new 911 GT3 RSR will be delivered to customers starting in January 2012 with a selling price of 498,000 euro. Falken racing has already announced they will be taking delivery of the new 911 GT3 RSR and we expect that Flying Lizard and the other big GT teams currently running 911 GT3 RSRs will follow suit. Look for the U.S. debut of the new 911 GT3 RSR at Winter Testing sessions at Sebring with the race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring to be held on March 17, 2012.
Porsche today released details about the all-new seventh-generation 911, set to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The new car retains its iconic silhouette, but every aspect of the car has been designed from the ground up. The body of the new 911 is made from an aluminum-steel composite, resulting in a 100 lb weight reduction and provides greater structural over the previous 911 body.
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We’re not ones to post up model news of every single new vehicle that comes out, but every now and again there is the rare gem that is simply too awesome not to put on the site. The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is one such vehicle. Limited to a production run of just 600 units, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is basically a 911 GT3 RSR for the street.
Powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine, which incidentally is the highest displacement engine to ever go into a 911, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 produces 500hp @ 8,250 rpm and 339 ft/lbs of torque at 5,750 rpm. The forged pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft are unchanged from the 911 GT3 RSR. To further increase performance over the previous GT3 RS, Porsche has fitted updated carbon fiber seats, carbon fiber fenders, boot lid, and lightweight carpets. Porsche says the final weigh-in with a full tank of gas is 2,998 lbs, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 5.99 lbs/hp.
So, what does all this translate to on the track? Porsche says that 0-60 takes 3.8 seconds but that the gearing is really meant for circuit racing instead of straight line speed. 124mph is reached in under 12 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 193mph. Though we all know that Nürburgring-Nordschleife times don’t really mean anything, Porsche says that the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 lapped the famous circuit in 7 minutes, 27 seconds. That’s one of the fastest production car times around the Nordschleife to date.
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2011 with prices starting at $185,000.
Just in time for the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche has introduced the 911 Sport Classic. The 911 Sport Classic is more than your typical stickers and wheels special edition 911. The 911 Sport Classic gets a double-domed roof, 23 additional horsepower, special front and rear fascias (including the signature Carrera RS 2.7 ducktail style spoiler), carbon ceramic brakes, PASM suspension and special Fuchs-look 19″ wheels. On the inside, Porsche has adorned the 911 Sport Classic with Espresso Nature leather and woven leather/yarn seat inserts. Only 250 of the 911 Sport Classic will be built, and the price for this exclusivity isn’t cheap at a whopping €169,300. No news on U.S. availability yet.
In a recent column, I detailed my experience driving the Switzer P800 Nissan GT-R. This outrageously powerful vehicle was as fast as any reasonable person could possibly want… but there was something missing. What was it? Perhaps it was the frisson of complete and utter terror. If that little chill is what you seek, Switzer is now ready to provide it in their “P800” conversion for the Porsche GT2.